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  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

    The epidemic of painkiller addiction is well known, and OxyContin (oxycodone) has arguably been the most notorious prescription opioid at the center of this public health emergency. Drugs like OxyContin have filled the news in recent years due to ...

    ... ” high 6 . Following the introduction of an extended-release form of the drug - marketed as OxyContin -rates ... having similar effects to these drugs, tramadol is also up to 20 times cheaper than oxycodone and easier to get ... continue reading
  • Snorting Tramadol

    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

    ... mechanisms in place, like a time-release coating, to steadily release the substance over a longer duration of time. Crushing the tramadol to snort it effectively disables the extended-release mechanism , which allows the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Tramadol Use

    Tramadol is a synthetic opioid analgesic (painkiller) that is frequently prescribed to manage moderate to severe levels of pain—such as that experienced after surgery or in chronic conditions like arthritis. It is commonly marketed under one of ...

    ... pain may be prescribed an extended-release version of tramadol, which allows them to experience longer ... addiction if they: Use it for a long period of time. Take larger doses than recommended. Take it more frequently than ... continue reading
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  • How to Help a Tramadol Addict

    Help for Tramadol Addiction If you have been struggling with an addiction to tramadol , or you know someone who has, finding the proper treatment program is essential. Treatment for addiction can restore your quality of life. Regardless of how long ...

    ... live at the rehab center, you have time to work a full-time job and take care of your family responsibilities ... and an extended release capsule. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, tramadol can be habit- ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... the doctor. Limits on the length of prescriptions and number of refills are also in place. Tramadol can only be refilled up to five times within a six-month period after the prescription is written. At this point, a new ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Addiction

    Tramadol is an opioid analgesic medication prescribed for pain relief. 1 Used as prescribed, tramadol can be effective for managing moderate to moderately severe pain. 1 Like other prescription opioid painkillers, it has the potential for misuse, ...

    ... lower potential for dependence (unlike opioids such as morphine), tramadol dependence can still occur, particularly if used for longer periods of time. 3 With long-term tramadol use, a person's brain can get used to its ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Overdose

    Tramadolis the generic name for the drug Ultram, which is an opioid painkiller medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults 1 . Opioid medications have a high addiction potential, and overdose can be deadly—in fact, ...

    ... the above puts a person in danger of overdosing. Abusing tramadol can also lead to the development of a tolerance , meaning ... treatment facility for a predetermined amount of time while engaging in therapy , counseling, ... continue reading
  • Tramadol History and Statistics

    Tramadol (brand name: Ultram) is an oral, opioid pain-relieving drug that is marketed under a variety of of trade names - with Ultram and Ultracet being the most widely prescribed and recognized. Tramadol is most often prescribed to treat moderate ...

    ... in the US, the rates of ER visits due to non-medical use of tramadol increased by about 30 times . The ER visits due to unwanted reactions to tramadol increased by 400% during a 6-year period in the mid and late-2000s ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

    What Is Ultram? Ultram, the trade name for tramadol, is a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It can be habit-forming and can produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ultram's potential for abuse has been ...

    ... on a recreational basis for a long period of time, they will typically begin to experience negative effects ... people over 12 years old in the U.S. used tramadol recreationally at some point in their lives. According to the ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Withdrawal

    Tramadol is an opioid medication that works to relieve moderately severe pain by changing the way that the brain and nervous system perceive and respond to pain 1,2 . The substance was prescribed more than 43 million times during 2013 according to ...

    ... ) may become dependent and experience withdrawal upon ending use of the drug 4,5 . The time needed to become dependent on tramadol will vary widely according to factors like duration of use, frequency of use, and dose 5 ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as having a very low potential for addiction; however, its instance of abuse and dependency ...

    ... analysts worry. Ultram has been abused on such a widespread scale that, in August 2014, the FDA placed tramadol on the controlled substances list as a Schedule IV substance , meaning it does have abuse potential. This ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ultram Addict

    Substance abuse problems have the potential to negatively affect individuals, their families, and society as a whole. As addiction progresses, the sufferer's obsession with his preferred substance tends to outweigh his concern for the consequences ...

    ... Help for Ultram Addicts Ultram (generic name: tramadol) is a pain medication with relatively low potential ... think you may have a problem with Ultram, it's time to get help. Call to confidentially discuss treatment with a ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she' ... Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Painkillers

    The 2012 National Health Interview Survey estimated that 126.1 million adults reported some pain in the previous 3 months, 25.3 million adults reported suffering from daily (chronic) pain, and 23.4 million reported experiencing a lot of it overall ...

    ... well as the danger for abuse and addiction. In fact, in March of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidelines for the prescription of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain, and the Food and Drug ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone History and Statistics

    Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic, or 'painkiller' drug that is most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain that cannot be treated with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first created in 1916 from thebaine, a ...

    ... more people are now trying the drug for the first time. Likewise, NIDA reports that despite a modest decline ... difficult to crush or dissolve the tablet in order to release the full dose all at once. These changes may be ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opana Use

    Is Opana Harmful? Opana is a prescription opioid pain-reliever containing the active ingredient oxymorphone. Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the opioid receptors in your brain to elicit its effects. You may have ...

    ... drugs like Opana ER are meant to control the amount of the drug released into your system so that you can remain pain-free for a sustained duration of time without having to take multiple pills. If you abuse Opana ER by ... continue reading
  • Snorting Oxycodone

    Oxycodone is a prescription opioid pain reliever often sold under the brand names OxyContin, Percodan, and Percocet 1 . Oxycodone—often called “oxy”—causes users to experience a pleasurable euphoria. In seeking Oxycodone's pleasurable ...

    ... into the bloodstream, and as an extended-release version, where it is released slowly over a longer period of time. Some users may tamper with the extended-release pill by crushing it up and snorting it in order to ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... of concern include: Opana is actually stronger than OxyContin per milligram. Although Opana is designed for extended-release delivery, abusers experience the full strength of the drug by crushing and injecting the pills ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    ACTIQ is a brand name for fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is used only for severe pain such as breakthrough cancer pain 1 . Fentanyl is available in a number of formulations and delivery methods, including 2,3,4 : Tablets and ...

    ... regulation of emotion, movement, and motivation 6 . The release of dopamine is, in part, associated with the pleasurable ... People using opioids over a long period of time may experience harm related to repeated periods of ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant individuals. Depending on the needs of ...

    ... repetition of the action. Because hydromorphone induces a large release of dopamine, a user can easily become addicted to ... less oxygen is available to the brain. Over time, the cumulative harm sustained during periods of ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Abuse

    What Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate pain reliever. It's typically prescribed to patients for severe pain or injury , or after a patient has undergone surgery. It works quickly to eliminate any pain in the body. However, it can also be ...

    ... , as while the effects are heightened, so are the dangers. NOTE : Many prescriptions are designed to release their effects over time for safety; however, like many drugs there are ways users manipulate fentanyl to ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? ? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance is found alone and in combination with other pain relievers in a tablet form under several brand names including: ...

    ... 12 hours - whereas drugs like OxyIR and other immediate release variants can trigger stronger symptoms for a shorter duration. ... at the treatment center for a period of time. Treatment program lengths vary, but tend to ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opana Addict

    How to Approach an Opana Addict Opana is the brand name for oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller . Over the past decade, increased availability of painkillers has fueled an epidemic of opioid abuse around the world. In the US, an ...

    ... in immediate as well as extended release tablets. The extended release variety (Opana ER) is specially formulated to release the substance slowly into the bloodstream over time, decreasing the need for multiple doses ... continue reading
  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    Is OxyContin Harmful? OxyContin is an opiate that is often prescribed for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the United States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that ...

    ... to prolong the duration of pain relief. In an attempt to bypass this time release mechanism, users seeking an intense high will sometimes crush the pill into a powder and either snort or inject it to create an intense ... continue reading
  • Snorting Hydrocodone

    Hydrocodone is an opioid substance used in many prescription medications to treat cough and pain. Hydrocodone is available in formulations of pure hydrocodone (Hysingla, Zohydro) or in combination with other pain relievers like ibuprofen ...

    ... come on strong, but in many cases, they will last for a shorter amount of time. The act of amplifying the absorption of or release of a drug into the system to maximize the concentration of active substance in the brain ... continue reading
  • Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone is a prescription medication used for the long-term treatment of moderate to severe pain that cannot be managed by other pain medicines or non-pharmacologic options. Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication that is available as a(n) ...

    ... , and the drug has a potency that is several times greater than morphine 2 . While the opioid effects ... the activation of the opioid receptors triggers dopamine release , which imparts a rewarding or pleasurable sense ... continue reading
  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid painkillers knowing little about them. Given few details about these drugs - how they work, when to take ...

    ... “feel good” chemical in the brain essential to feeling pleasure. As painkiller abuse continues over time, the brain may begin to release less dopamine on its own or scale down the number of receptors that would otherwise ... continue reading
  • Morphine Overdose

    Morphine is a powerful opioid pain medication that can have life-threatening effects in those who abuse it. It is an opiate analgesic, and one of many commonly used narcotic painkillers 1 . Morphine works to reduce severe pain by changing the way ...

    ... crushing, or dissolving the tablets. Extended-release morphine tablets are designed to break down slowly ... this challenging stage safely. Outpatient treatment programs vary in time commitment—from 4-8 hours a day, 5 days ... continue reading
  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

    Opiates sometimes interchangeably referred to as opioids and narcotics, are a broad class of drugs. They are widely used legally and abused illicitly and include many substances that are synthesized from a handful of opiate precursors found in the ...

    ... used. The dose. The frequency of use. The total time using. Physical health status. Mental health status. Someone who ... is a unique implant of the medication that steadily releases a low dose of the medication over a 6 ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycontin Addict

    OxyContin is a dangerous drug when not used properly, and it's easy to fall into the trap of addiction. Fortunately, there is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never been easier to get help. How to Approach an ...

    ... in the brain, preventing GABA from being released. GABA controls the release of dopamine, so restricting it is like ... your drugs (doctor shopping). Spending a lot of time worrying about running out of the drug. Going ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. In various formulations, oxymorphone has been available on the US pharmaceutical market since 1959. In 2006, the FDA approved two new ...

    ... painkiller: Opana (immediate release) and Opana ER (extended release). Though a potent and ... visits climbed to 12,122, meaning there were 2.6 more times people seeking emergency care due to Opana just one year later ( ... continue reading
  • Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex is a prescription medication that includes a combination of chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine 1 , and the opioid painkiller hydrocodone . It is prescribed to treat respiratory symptoms, such as coughs, related to allergies or colds 1 . ...

    ... can lead to dependence if taken for an extended period of time 1,2 . If someone misuses or abuses Tussionex, it ... other liquids can change how rapidly the medication is released into the body, along with breaking, chewing, ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... the brain's reward pathways by triggering a large release of dopamine—ultimately resulting in a sense of ... estimates that someone addicted to opioid painkillers is 40 times more likely to abuse or develop an addiction to ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex, a prescription cough medicine, contains a mixture of hydrocodone (an opioid pain reliever) and chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine). In 2008, the FDA issued an alert regarding the dangers of misusing Tussionex, stating that abusing it can ...

    ... be avoided, because the fluids can increase the release rate of the medication and lead to an accidental ... must adjust to the changes and it will take time to recover normal functioning. Opioid withdrawal can begin within ... continue reading
  • Percocet Abuse

    Since the mid-1990s, rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed. Today, the widespread abuse of prescription medication—whether it involves opioid painkillers, sedatives or stimulants—is being recognized as a serious national health ...

    ... as reinforcing behaviors that initiated the dopamine release to begin with. When taken in large ... like Percocet become less effective when used over a period of time. The body develops a tolerance for the drug and needs ... continue reading
  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    Is Oxycodone Dangerous? Oxycodone is a prescription opioid analgesic that is used to manage moderate to severe pain by changing the way that the brain responds to pain. 1 It is the primary active component in the commonly prescribed pharmaceutical ...

    ... as an oral tablet (with immediate and controlled-release variations) as well as a liquid solution. It ... slowing and overdose. 1 Long-Term Dangers Over time, oxycodone can have many different effects—both good and ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... drugs in 2013. Benzos were responsible for the other 7,000 deaths. The Hold of Opiates Findings released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also highlighted why prescription opioid abuse ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... with cancer or severe injuries over a 12-hour period. However, when chewed, snorted or injected, the time-release mechanism is bypassed, producing a quick and powerful euphoric high that is similar to heroin. [12] In ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... , “the faster the drug enters the brain - across the blood-brain barrier - the more dopamine is released,” Doberstein said. Which explains why drugs, such as cocaine and nicotine, are so addictive. NKTR-181 recently ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Fentanyl Use

    Is Fentanyl Dangerous? Fentanyl may be administered through: Patches. Oral or nasal spray. Lollipops (a 'troche' or lozenge with a stick handle). Injection. Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious pain, ...

    ... with huge abuse potential. It is 80 to 500 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is a drug that can be ... may apply heat to a fentanyl patch in order to release its effects rapidly. Doing so increases the intensity of the ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Actiq (Fentanyl) Addiction

    Actiq is the brand name for an analgesic lozenge (on a stick like a lollipop) that contains the opioid drug fentanyl —a powerful synthetic opioid which, when rapidly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with being slowly absorbed through the GI ...

    ... a certain part of the brain, it triggers a release of dopamine. 5 It is thought that dopamine ... will say. Seeking advice from others. Arranging a convenient time to talk with them in a private place. When speaking ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Roxicodone Addiction

    The risk of addiction is not limited to the use of illicit substances like heroin or cocaine. Legal drugs have the potential to cause devastating addiction, as well, even if they were initially legitimately prescribed. The Substance Abuse and Mental ...

    ... situation. Through CRAFT, you'll work to find the right time and place to encourage your loved one to commit to ... . Once consumed, the substance triggers the release of a neurotransmitter in the brain called dopamine ... continue reading
  • Is Fentanyl Abuse More Deadly Than Heroin?

    Fentanyl, a drug previously unheard of by many, has become notorious in recent years due to the spike in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the potent prescription narcotic. It gained even more notoriety when the April 2016 death of iconic ...

    ... pain. If you get hurt, your body will release endorphins to provide you with pain relief. When ... is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. The FDA approves ... continue reading
  • Opioids

    Opioids are substances that are known for their pain-relieving effects. They include both legal, and some illegal substances that may have the potential for misuse, which can potentially lead to dependence and/or addiction. 1 If you or someone you ...

    ... . Dopamine is a brain signaling molecule that, when released in large amounts, can create a rewarding sense of ... be made worse when they are used at the same time as other substances, like alcohol or other drugs. Some ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Morphine Addict

    With approximately 52 million people in the U.S. having used prescription drugs nonmedically in their lifetime, widespread addiction to drugs like morphine is increasingly becoming a problem. When someone begins to engage in abuse morphine , it's ...

    ... M.D., M.P.H. indicated in a 2015 press release that most current heroin users in the U.S. progressed to ... or family member might be addicted to morphine, now is the time to seek help that can get you started down the road ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin is the brand name for an opioid painkiller medication that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen 1 . Opioids can be very addictive for individuals who abuse them, which can include taking more than the prescribed dose, taking them in a way ...

    ... in excess—opioids are also associated with a concomitant release of dopamine in regions of the brain integral to ... the small but harmful components of acetaminophen. Over time, abusing both alcohol and Vicodin can lead to ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Percocet Addict

    Help for Percocet Addicts If you're battling an addiction to Percocet (the combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain reliever ), you're not alone. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately ...

    ... high. Vivitrol - An injectable, extended-release form of naltrexone. This form is recommended ... substance . You might find yourself thinking about Percocet several times per day or wondering where you're going to get more ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycodone Addict

    Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever prescribed to people experiencing moderate or severe pain. Due to the drug's ability to act on the opioid receptors in the body (and for extended periods, with some formulations) oxycodone is a highly useful ...

    ... a cascade of molecular events—including the release of a substance called dopamine. Ultimately ... close to you. You have not been devoting the needed time or attention to the responsibilities in your life like attending work ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    What are Prescription Painkillers? Prescription painkillers are opioid medications used to manage relatively severe pain (such as pain associated with surgical procedures or more chronic issues like cancer-related pain). 1, 2 They can be safe and ...

    ... or have been taking them over a long period of time, then it's likely that you will experience unpleasant ... relatively long-acting or available as extended-release formulations. Withdrawal symptoms can appear within hours ... continue reading
  • Opiate Relapse

    Opiate abuse and addiction has become an epidemic with a vast impact on the health and welfare of individuals and societies worldwide 1 . The statistics provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offer a snapshot of the epidemic that helps to ...

    ... a person uses opiates, they trigger a release of dopamine (a neurotransmitter associated with ... warning signs. Once you begin noticing them, it may be time to step up your engagement in therapy to help prevent a relapse ... continue reading
  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    Actiq is a brand name for the opioid drug fentanyl. 3 Actiq comes as a lozenge on a handle (like a lollipop) and the fentanyl is quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with fentanyl that is swallowed being slowly absorbed through the ...

    ... medication, fentanyl's potency is between 50 and 100 times more than that of morphine. 2 Fentanyl is prescribed ... . 2,11 One effect of this is the release of a neurotransmitter called dopamine—a physiologic response that ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... - are detected. As a result, the immune system releases antibodies to seek out the opioids, which then bind ... researchers believe the vaccine could extend the window of time to seek emergency assistance if an overdose does ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    Help for Painkiller Addicts Painkillers are routinely prescribed in the United States for the management of pain , but not all of them are addictive. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often prescribed for the treatment of mild to ...

    ... to those who got care in those same settings but did not suffer from addiction. Opioid addicts were 10 times more likely to die in these settings, and addicts who did not get treated in addiction clinics were twice ... continue reading
  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    The category of prescription painkillers covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , Percocet ), and hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have inherent ...

    ... moods with no reason. Behavior-wise, your loved one may be acting erratically and seem jittery at times and then suddenly become very calm. Financial problems may become apparent—debts may surface and/or money may ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Overdose

    What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl (brand names include Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze) is a very powerful synthetic opioid painkiller medication that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine 1 . Individuals who abuse or struggle with addiction to ...

    ... Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze) is a very powerful synthetic opioid painkiller medication that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine 1 . Individuals who abuse or struggle with addiction to fentanyl put themselves ... continue reading
  • 6 Facts You Need to Know About Opiate Withdrawal

    The United States has the highest rate of opioid use per capita in the world. As a nation, we consume 80% of the world's opioid supply. 1 In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 1.9 million people aged 12 or older had a ...

    ... the incidence rate of NAS is rising. The number of babies born with NAS in the past decade has increased by 5 times and it is estimated that every 25 minutes a baby is born suffering from opiate withdrawal in the U.S. 7 ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Fentanyl Addict

    Fentanyl is an opiate narcotic used to relieve severe pain, such as breakthrough cancer pain. It is extremely potent - 50-100 times more potent than morphine and 30-50 times more potent than heroin . Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine ...

    ... relieve severe pain, such as breakthrough cancer pain. It is extremely potent - 50-100 times more potent than morphine and 30-50 times more potent than heroin . Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine and sold on ... continue reading
  • Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

    Some of the most predominantly prescribed pain management medications are opioid analgesics (painkillers). These prescription drugs interact with opioid receptors throughout the brain, initiating a chain of events that ultimately brings pain relief ...

    ... fentanyl on the streets—an opioid analgesic 80-100 times more potent than morphine and much more potent than ... the CDC, nonmedical prescription painkiller users are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin at ... continue reading
  • Morphine Abuse

    What Is Morphine? Morphine is the primary chemical component in opium. It is an opioid analgesic drug that is used to treat severe pain, and it is regarded as the gold standard of pain relievers. Use can create a high that includes feelings of ...

    ... changes in the amount you have left. Know your teens' friends and where they are spending their time. Additional Resources See the following articles to learn more about morphine addiction and recovery: The Effects of ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methadone Addict

    Help for Methadone Addicts Methadone is an opioid drug; however, it is beneficial in the treatment of heroin dependence or other forms of opiate abuse . While it is regularly used in the management of opioid dependence, methadone is potentially ...

    ... to recovery from what is itself a recovery medication. If methadone is abruptly stopped, your body will need time to recover. You will likely go through a period of withdrawal which can produce a range of symptoms that ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opioid Use

    Are Opioids Harmful? Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine , and morphine ; synthetic opioids including fentanyl ; and the illegal drug heroin . 1,2 ...

    ... of these drugs. Dependence and Addiction People who use prescription opioids over an extended period of time may develop an altered physiological state where they become physically dependent on it. Dependence on opioids ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Abuse

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic (painkiller) drug - included in the formulation of many narcotic prescription painkillers that are most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain. As an opiate drug, it is in the same ...

    ... for the drug. Seeing two or more doctors for additional prescriptions. Social isolation, or spending more time away from other people. Going through money quickly. Focusing more on obtaining and using hydrocodone than ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... Like? After receiving one dose of Ibogaine, she experienced a psychedelic state for about 30 hours. During that time, she gained insight into why she started using and reached a point of clarity she never had before ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... unlock from the outside. Very few bathrooms currently fit this model in the United States, but hopefully, as time goes on, more and more people will want to come together and start solving this problem, instead of just ... continue reading
  • Lortab Abuse

    What Is Lortab? Lortab is a brand name for the drug hydrocodone. Lortab is a semi-synthetic opiate that, in large does, produces similar effects to that of OxyContin . Taken repeatedly, it can result in dependence and addiction. Initially, ...

    ... securely locked and out of reach. Pay attention to the friends with whom your teen spends his or her time. Monitor your teen's Internet activity. Explain to your teen that prescription drugs can be just as dangerous and ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Morphine Use

    Morphine, an opiate narcotic painkiller , is a Schedule II controlled substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse. It can be a great option for patients in pain; however, when used recreationally or in inappropriately high doses, ...

    ... to the development of Hepatitis-C, HIV-Aids and other infections from using dirty needles. Morphine Dependency Over time, your body will develop a dependency to morphine. This can be very dangerous to your health as an ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Codeine Addict

    Helping someone overcome an addiction is sometimes an arduous process, and recovery won't happen overnight. Addiction treatment takes time and often imposes stresses on both the abuser and the ones they love. While it may prove difficult, ...

    ... someone overcome an addiction is sometimes an arduous process, and recovery won't happen overnight. Addiction treatment takes time and often imposes stresses on both the abuser and the ones they love. While it may prove ... continue reading
  • Norco Abuse

    Norco is a prescription medication that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen . It is prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain . Taking Norco in amounts exceeding prescribed doses, for lengths of time longer than recommended, or ...

    ... relief of moderate to severe pain . Taking Norco in amounts exceeding prescribed doses, for lengths of time longer than recommended, or recreationally, can result in tolerance to the drug and the development of addiction ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methylphenidate Addict

    Methylphenidate abuse is increasingly prevalent and can be an extremely hard habit to kick. Helping someone with an addiction can take time and several attempts. However, with the help and support of loved ones along with the right treatment, ...

    ... is increasingly prevalent and can be an extremely hard habit to kick. Helping someone with an addiction can take time and several attempts. However, with the help and support of loved ones along with the right treatment ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination formulation with various other analgesics (for example, with acetaminophen - under the brand name Tylenol 3). It is used ...

    ... , the drug. The addictive nature of codeine, and the physical dependency that may develop over time, can lead to difficult and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms including: Sweating and chills. Malaise. Extreme irritability ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook They're potent, they're dangerous - and they could be in your medicine cabinet. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, such as Vicodin , OxyContin , and Opana, were written in the U.S. When used ...

    ... can accompany long-term opiate abuse, but many of the dangers are seen more acutely. Even a first time user can experience respiratory arrest, for example. Opiate abuse treatment can put a stop to the risks of ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination of prescription-strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and hard, fruit-flavored candy. 1,2 The ...

    ... . Chills and goosebumps. Increased heart and breathing rate. If a person has used purple drank for a long time or in high doses, symptoms may progress in intensity beyond the period of early withdrawal. These later, more ... continue reading
  • OxyContin Abuse

    What Is OxyContin? OxyContin is a branded formulation of the powerful opioid painkiller , oxycodone. It is prescribed to manage cases of moderate to severe pain. When taken as directed, it is a safe and effective medication, and has proven ...

    ... 2015 Facts & Figures: Each day, 2,500 adolescents in the United States abuse prescription opioids for the first time. An estimated 1 out of 30 seniors in high school have misused OxyContin. 1 in 30 adolescents between 12 ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone History and Statistics

    What Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is powerful opiate drug that serves dual purposes when used as directed. It is both an effective cough suppressant and a pain reliever for moderate to severe pain. Studies show that hydrocodone is: More beneficial ...

    ... raises production quotas to keep with perceived demand. Production quotas have increased by nearly two and a half times in the last decade. More dramatic increases were seen from 2011 to 2012 and 2012 to 2013, increasing ... continue reading
  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    A national crisis, opioid abuse includes a wide range of drugs—from heroin to any number of prescription medications . Nearly 4 million Americans older than 12—1.4% of the population—abuse prescription pain relievers, including codeine . Half ...

    ... significantly increases overdose risk. For example, injecting heroin and cocaine increases the danger by 2.6 times 8 . Taking codeine routinely can lead to tolerance —requiring ever-increasing doses to achieve the same ... continue reading
  • Snorting Methadone

    Individuals caught in a downward spiral of substance abuse and addiction constantly look for ways to enhance or maintain the high produced by their substance of choice. They may take more of their drug, take it more often, or find some other way to ...

    ... via these routes. This occurs because the entire dose will be available in the body in a shorter amount of time, which causes a higher concentration of the drug in the brain 5,7 . Snorting methadone will not produce a ... continue reading
  • Snorting Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is a pain-relieving substance with two main uses 1 : Treating significant acute, post-operative pain following surgery. Treating chronic or breakthrough pain in people that no longer respond to other narcotic medications. Like morphine, ...

    ... , which is why it frequently reserved only for use in opioid-tolerant patients 3,4 . Fentanyl is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine , an opiate that is addictive in its own right 1,3 . In recent years, fentanyl ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Demerol Addict

    If you suspect that a loved one is abusing Demerol or you know someone who is trying to quit using, there are ways that you can help. How to Approach an Addict It is important to understand how to address the situation in a supportive manner. Here ...

    ... school or at home. Spending a majority of your time finding and using Demerol. Using Demerol when doing so ... make a confidential call to our treatment support specialists any time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Take your ... continue reading
  • Demerol Abuse

    Demerol, also known by the street name “demmies” and the generic name meperidine , is a prescription opioid painkiller. Demerol is used to treat relatively severe pain and is available in liquid or tablet form. As a schedule II prescription ...

    ... major responsibilities because of drugs. Using larger and larger amounts over time. Repeated failed attempts to quit. Spending long amounts of time acquiring, using, or recovering from use of the drug. Physical and ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    Is Demerol Harmful? The use of Demerol and other prescription opioids is widespread. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for painkillers, per the Centers for the Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that enough prescriptions were ...

    ... need the painkiller for legitimate medical reasons may find themselves taking more and more of the drug over time to compensate for any tolerance that has developed, and to otherwise intensify the effects—a pattern of ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Abuse

    What Is Vicodin? Physicians often prescribe Vicodin, a combination of hydrocodone (an opiate) and acetaminophen, for the relief of moderate to severe pain. It works by blocking pain receptors in the brain, but it also induces a sense of euphoria, ...

    ... Vicodin tend to feel a rush of euphoria and relaxation, in addition to a noticeable decrease in pain. Over time, however, users develop a tolerance for the drug, and they will require more and more to achieve those same ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... of brain damage is largely dependent on the amount of time the brain is without adequate oxygen levels. Minutes, ... of damage in relation to oxygen deprivation and time, the common effects of overdose-related brain damage ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... prevent your chances of relapse. What is relapse? Relapse is when you successfully stop using a drug for a period of time and then, for whatever reason, go back to using the drug again. It is quite common for people to ... continue reading
  • Methadone Abuse

    What Is Methadone? Methadone is one of a handful of drugs approved for used in the pharmaceutical treatment of opioid addiction and dependence . If someone has an addiction to heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers, they may be prescribed ...

    ... has a long duration of action. It continues to work even when taken over a long period of time. Problems may arise when people abuse methadone without a prescription or in combination with other opioids, benzodiazepines ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Norco Addict

    Help for Norco Addicts Hear from others who have loved ones facing addiction. Norco is an opiate prescription medication commonly used to provide relief from moderate to severe symptoms of pain, such as that which accompanies dental work or surgery. ...

    ... may find yourself constantly thinking and obsessing about taking the drug. You may spend a large portion of your time attempting to obtain the drug. Norco use may become a top priority - above family, friends, and even ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

    DXM is often abused for the euphoric effects that it can elicit when taken in larger-than-recommended doses. Because dextromethorphan is found in cough syrup and other cold and cough medicine formulations, it can frequently be found on the shelves ...

    ... high enough. Those seeking the kind of high that DXM produces may take it large amounts and over time may over time become addicted to the substance. Further, when someone mixes DXM with other drugs like alcohol , that ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lortab Use

    Lortab is the combination of hydrocodone , an opiate used to manage pain, and acetaminophen , an over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer) that augments the pain-relieving effects of the hydrocodone. Lortab is prescribed in pill ...

    ... precedence over everything else. Lortab Dependence As touched on previously, if you use Lortab for an extended period of time, your body will begin to build up a tolerance to the drug. Once the body builds this tolerance ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

    Overview of Dextromethorphan Abuse What Is DXM? Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is a cough suppressant and opioid derivative used in more than 100 over-the-counter medicines. Dextromethorphan is safe for ingestion and not habit-forming when taken as ...

    ... changes. Protect your kids from websites that encourage abuse of DXM. Know where your child is spending time and with whom they are spending it. Discussing the negative effects of dextromethorphan abuse (and drug abuse ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller that is available in a range of doses and formulations (brand names include OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, and Roxicet). Individuals who abuse oxycodone are at high risk of experiencing an overdose, ...

    ... more severe abuse or addiction problems. Outpatient treatment is another great option for individuals who cannot take any time away from their day-to-day life. These programs allow the person to continue to live at home ... continue reading
  • Percocet Overdose

    What is Percocet? Percocet is an opioid painkiller medication containing oxycodone and acetaminophen 1 . When abused, it has a high potential for deadly overdose . In fact, in 2015 nearly 18,000 people died due to overdose on opioid painkillers like ...

    ... the recovering individual to stay for a duration of time at a live-in sober facility where they engage ... If residing at a facility for any significant amount of time is not possible, an outpatient program might be a ... continue reading
  • Snorting Percocet

    Percocet is a prescription opioid containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. While it is an effective pain reliever, as a Schedule II controlled drug it has a high potential for abuse due to the oxycodone in it. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid ...

    ... loved one is using Percocet and you're wondering whether they are addicted, you may want to take some time to learn about what addiction is and how it impacts normal brain function. This can help you best support your ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    Is Dilaudid Harmful? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an injectable solution, or may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently ...

    ... that cannot be treated with other medications. Hydromorphone has an analgesic (painkilling) potency of two to eight times higher than morphine , with greater sedative properties and a shorter duration of action. It is a ... continue reading
  • Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxicodone (often called “roxies”, “roxys” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a powerful opioid prescription painkiller. Roxicodone is prescribed to alleviate pain that cannot be managed by non-opioid pain relievers. As ...

    ... strikes when more of the substance is consumed than the body can manage, and it can occur at any time . Roxicodone overdose can lead to fatal respiratory depression. Symptoms of overdose include 1,4 : Weakness. Flaccid ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Percocet Use

    Is Percocet Harmful? When abused, Percocet can be quite harmful. Percocet is the brand name of a narcotic pain reliever containing a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol) that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The short-term ...

    ... psychological dependence that can develop in individuals who abuse this medication over an extended length of time. Acetaminophen is an analgesic and fever-reducing drug similar to aspirin and ibuprofen that enhances the ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Vicodin Addict

    Help for Vicodin Addiction Vicodin is one of the many brand names for the combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone . Hydrocodone is an opioid used to treat moderate and severe pain , as well as a treatment for cough. The acetaminophen is a less ...

    ... For example, someone with drowsiness from Vicodin may eventually be difficult to arouse if use and dosages increase over time. The effects intensifying is largely due to tolerance , which is the need to take more of the ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Hydrocodone Addict

    If an addiction to hydrocodone is consuming your life or the life of someone you care about, you're not alone. Help is available, and it isn't hard to find when you know where to look. How to Approach a Hydrocodone Addict The abuse of hydrocodone ...

    ... . You may be addicted if: Your body depends on the drug to function. You think about hydrocodone numerous times throughout the day. Your hydrocodone usage affects other areas of your life. You feel as though you cannot ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

    ... may have already developed: Discover how treatment can help. Taking too much of the drug at one time. Not following your doctor's instructions when taking the medication. Mixing hydrocodone with alcohol or other drugs ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

    Vicodin is the brand name for a prescription medication that is frequently used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin is comprised of two active pain relievers 1 : Hydrocodone - an opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone it is a ...

    ... medication is taken as prescribed, the side effects are relatively limited, because oral administration takes more time . When a substance like Vicodin is consumed orally, it begins being absorbed into the bloodstream ... continue reading
  • Methadone Clinics

    Methadone, a prescription opioid used in the treatment of opioid dependence, is primarily used for detoxification and maintenance treatment for people struggling to overcome opioid dependence . 1,2 It helps to stabilize individuals by reducing ...

    ... of questions like: How often do I have to come to the center? When is the clinic open? Are there times that are generally more or less busy? What is the average duration of appointments and treatment overall? What other ... continue reading
  • Effects of Roxicodone Addiction

    Roxicodone (“Roxy”) is one available brand version of oxycodone—a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. 1,2 The medicinal effect of opioids like oxycodone is brought on by a change in the way the brain and body respond to pain. Rather ...

    ... us remember to engage in the same behavior the next time we're in a similar situation. While opioids are ... of the substance is consumed, and over longer periods of time, the body develops a natural tolerance to it, so the ... continue reading
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